Free Waffle Stitch Dishcloth, Beginner-friendly Knit Pattern

Free Waffle Stitch Dishcloth, Beginner-friendly Knit Pattern

by Janice Jones     |Published 11-13-2022

Here another simple beginner stitch that creates a fabric with bumps that looks like tasty waffles. What better for a dishcloth?  What do you think? You might mistake this for a rib stitch because it involves making a pattern of knit and crochet stitches.

This is the perfect stitch pattern for a dishcloth or facecloth.

  • It lies flat.
  • It's easy to do
  • It’s not frilly 
  • The wrong side looks fine, too

This stitch lies flat, so you won't need to worry about creating a border around it. But if you love borders, a four row/four stitch garter stitch border is easy to do and will enhance the look. 

If you would prefer to knit a sample first, I'll provide the instructions for a small swatch.  That way you will know if this is the stitch pattern, you want to use to create one or more dishcloths, a great gift for holiday giving. 

Directions for the Waffle Knit Stitch Swatch

CO a multiple of 3 +1

Row 1 (RS): *K1, p2; rep from * to last st, k1.

Row 2: *P1, k2; rep from * to last st, p1.

Row 3: Knit all stitches

Row 4: Purl all stitches

Repeat those 4 rows to the length that you desire! These four rows complete the waffle pattern.

Ready to make one or more Dishcloths? Let's do it.

Waffle Stitch Dishcloth:  Beginner-Friendly Knit Pattern




CO=Cast On

BO=Bind off

*  *  Repeat from 

st = stitch


  • 100% Cotton Yarn (I used Hobby Lobby, I Love this Cotton)
  • Knitting needles US 7 (4.5 mm)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle


All instructions are in U.S. terms.

Finished Dimensions

Directions for Waffle Stitch Dishcloth

CO 37 sts. (3 + 1)

Row 1 (RS): *K1, p2; rep from * to last st. K1.

Row 2: *P1, k2; rep from * to last st. P1.

Row 3: Knit all stitches.

Row 4:  Purl all stitches.

Repeat rows 1 through 4 until piece measures 

Repeat rows 5 to 8 for pattern.

About Janice

Hi, I’m Janice, the voice behind Smart-Knit-Crocheting. I love to knit and crochet and even more, I love teaching others what I know.

Though I learned to knit and crochet as a child, I didn’t get serious about these amazing hobbies until I retired. I’m a certified knit and crochet instructor through the Craft Yarn Council and am working on becoming a Master Hand Knitter through The Knitting Guild Association.

I’m currently living with my husband of over 50 years and our 7 Shih Tzu dogs.

I love hearing from you, so please drop me a line and let me know what you’re working on, whether you love knitting or crocheting more, and if you have any questions. Please visit my about me page for more information.

Happy Crocheting